“Once we decide to look at ourselves, we may experience ourselves as wretched, in the most profoundly degrading situations, or some of us may have brilliant and good situations happening, too. Whatever arises, we look at ourselves, either based on hope or fear, whatever there may be. The important point is looking at ourselves, finding ourselves, facing ourselves, giving up our privacy and inhibition. Once we have done that, we turn to the good side of things. We begin to realize that we have something in us which is fundamentally, basically good very good. It actually transcends the notion of good or bad. Something worthwhile, wholesome and healthy exists in us. But don’t jump the gun and try to get ahold of that first. First, let’s look. If we actually face ourselves properly and fully, we will find that something else exists there, something beyond facing ourselves.”
Chögyam Trungpa (1939 – 1987), Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, scholar, teacher, poet, artist; from Talk One of “Warriorship in the Three Yanas,” an unpublished seminar given at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, August 22, 1978.